scottw86 (1178) - Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Poured black with a large foamy tan head. Aroma has lots of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and a fair amount of hops. Taste is very thick and creamy with lots of chocolate malts and coffee. Some vanilla and bourbon as well, but there is not as much bourbon flavor as I expected. It is good that they didn’t overdo it. The taste is slightly sweet, but it has a roasted bitterness that lasts. Overall a great beer. BeerandBlues2 (13706) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Bottle shared by maniac at the 14th Richmond Gathering. Pours opaque with a medium tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma and flavor are heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, roast), light hops (earthy, herbal), and light esters (fruity) with notes of tar, prune, peat, oak, vanilla, and licorice. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation with a dry finish. Butters (4063) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Sampled at the Richmond 14th gathering. Pours a dark brown with thin layaer of tan head. Nose is vaniila, hint of wood, light funk, expresso, Thin on the palate, but still really good. MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
(Sample Date: 3/19/2011 Source:Other) Chocolate and roast. Black with little head. Roasty with a lot of roasty astringency and black malts. Whiskey and vanilla notes come through in the finish. Lots of roasty bitterness. deyholla (12037) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle shared by Jay at the post NotB tasting, thanks! Poured black with a dark brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had a pretty strong coffee note with some roasted malts and a bit of chocolate as well as a light hint of bourbon. Flavor had smooth roasted malts with a strong coffee note but not much bourbon. Wish the bourbon would have come out a bit more on the tongue.
j12601 (13035) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Bottle that I took to the hotel tasting after Night of the Barrels at EBF. Pours a deep black with a thin tanned beige head. Chocolate, coffee, light booze. Big chocolate, toast, coffee, but not much of the barrel. Plenty of roast though, chewy chocolate, pudding. Long roast and chewy chocolate brownies on the finish. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2011
500ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, smoke, light tar, light chocolate, light coffee, roasting, slight bourbon, slight oak, slight charcoal, and slight hops. Poured pitch black in color with a large, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished a little, but generally lasted throughout. Opaque. Very good lacing. Excellent lacing. Flavor is slightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, coffee, smoke, smoked meat, smoked cheese, slight vanilla, slight wood, hops, and light chocolate. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, charcoal, smoked meat, burnt coffee, finish is lightly dry. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Tasted this at Hunaphu’s release. I’ve had a bunch of Mikkeller beers, not a lot of barrel aged one’s, but this one was sort of just like the original version. A little bit of oaky flavor, but it didn’t really wow me all that much. I’m glad I was able to try it though. mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2011
UPDATED: APR 8, 2011 Originally at Hunahpu Day 2011, 500ml bottle, great frothy head, not a ton of aroma for a bourbon barrel aged brew, really kinda disappointed with this one, nice for a stout. Very disappointing if you consider it an Imperial.
Had this later on, pours the same frothy head, sweet vanilla aroma, a bit of chocolate, and roasted coffee. Smooth with a nice bit of bourbon vanilla and hotness coming out. I don’t know if my palate was just dead when I tried it before, but this is dang delicious. Palme (4817) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2011
0.5l bottle @ Naboen, Bergen. Quickly fading tanned head with a near black body. Aroma is distinct vanilla, somewhat faint roasted malts, coffee and of course some bourbon, not much though. Surprisingly light-bodied / light drinkable and medium carbonation. Really nice profile with lots of roasted flavors hand in hand with coffee, vanilla, hops and a sweetness from the bourbon. Smooth as hell, nicely balanced and quite good!